Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rainbow Cupcakes

A lady who had been at the party with the moon and star cupcakes called and asked if I could make a dozen rainbow cupcakes for a party the next day.   I said I'd give it a shot.  These are my first rainbow cookies - I think they turned out okay for a first attempt.

Thanks for the donation to Susan G Komen, Renee!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Soccer cookies

We were signed up to bring snacks for the last game of the year for my youngest son's soccer team . . . so I made soccer cookies.   The uniforms were pretty easy . . . soccer balls were not!  They were a fun challenge.

Unfortunately the game was rained out, so I still have all of these cookies in my house.  Hopefully the individual wrapping will keep them fresh enough to hand them out at the team party Tuesday night (4 days after the game they were meant for!)

Chocolate birthday cake

Yesterday was my husband's birthday.  He looooves chocolate, so deciding what kind of cake to make him was easy.   I made my favorite chocolate cake recipe - the one on the back of the Hershey's cocoa can is seriously the best chocolate cake ever.  Even Martha Stewart recommends it!    This cake gave me a chance to practice some piping techniquest I've been wanting to try.  I think it turned out pretty nice!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cupcakes to celebrate a new baby girl

A friend asked me to make cupcakes to take to a party celebrating the arrival of a new baby girl.   She asked if they could have stars and moons on them.  A little stumped, I took to the internet for inspiration and found just the thing on a baking blog I'd never seen before.   Thanks to Night Baking for a fabulous idea!

Thanks for the donation, Melissa.   And welcome to the world, baby Miluna!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Autism Puzzle Cookies

Last weekend, two of my sons and I were lucky enough to participate in the Autism Society of Central Virginia's annual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser.   We walked along with my friend Holly's team, named "Matthew's Meerkats," in honor of her son, who has autism.    Holly does so much for this organization - helping plan this event, working on advocacy campaigns, and otherwise serving as a resource for other families coping with autism.   I wanted to make a little something to treat her and the other team members, and had been thinking a lot about what I could do in the weeks leading up to the event.   

One day in April (which happens to be Autism Awareness Month), I came across a fabulous idea for Autism Awareness Cookies on one of my favorite cookie blogs, The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.  I immediately ordered the adorable mini puzzle piece cutters and couldn't wait to use it!  I was really pleased with the results - and so were the Meerkats!

Individually packaged and ready to go!